Drug misuse and dependence: UK guidelines on clinical management

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Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Dept. of Health
Department of Health
Date of publication
1 July 2017
Substance Misuse, Health Services
Social welfare
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Often called the Orange Book, this is guidance for clinicians treating people with drug problems.

This 2017 version offers new guidelines on:

  • Prison-based treatment.
  • New psychoactive substances and club drugs.
  • Mental health co-morbidity.
  • Misuse of prescribed and over-the-counter medicines.
  • Stopping smoking.
  • Preventing drug-related deaths, including naloxone provision.

The new guidelines also have a stronger emphasis on recovery and a holistic approach to the interventions that can support recovery.

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